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So as you all are aware, the Washington Redskins sent an earthquake through the NFL with a strategic move into the second pick of the draft.
In the trade with the St. Louis Rams, the Redskins have given the first round picks of the next 3 years (2013, 2014) and the second round pick of this year. So in reality, we have given two first round picks and a second round pick to move up four selections.
The price was steep, garnering a rash of critics, from ESPN insiders, to all around the NFL, and to the arm-chair general managers that call themselves fans.
With that second selection in the draft, the Redskins are expected to choose Robert Griffin III (given that the Colts would do the expected and make Andrew Luck the 1st overall pick). Robert Griffin III comes from Baylor, playing in a spread offense that is considered translatable to the pro offense that the Shanahan’s have implemented. Griffin carries an illustrious college resume to the pros in which he brought Baylor to a bowl game, won the Heisman, and proved to be one of the most athletic quarterbacks in recent memory.
Griffin combines the size of Tebow (well height at least) , he is arguably faster than Micheal Vick (minus the poor character, needless to say I don’t expect griffin to fight any select animals) and he is a very smart guy (graduating with a 3.67 GPA in political science and is currently studying a masters in communications).
Simple reviews of the guy will make any fan excited about him, being that he is the smart and amazing athlete that every fan can root for. But the question is, is he worth this? Is he worth such valuable draft picks? Can he be the franchise quarterback that us as fans have begged for? The Redskins simply cannot continue this trend of awful quarterbacks, we want and need a star as our quarterback, not Grossman, Beck, Ramsey, Brunell, Campbell, and the rest of the dreary list.
Griffin comes into the pros with some of the most pressure that can be put on a young man. So was he worth the price, the future of our franchise? The simple answer is yes, yes a possible franchise quarterback was worth every bit of those draft choices. The Redskins made a calculated risk, a risk that had to be done. Shanahan and Bruce Allen know that in the modern-day NFL, a franchise quarterback is crucial towards success. Ask yourself, when was the last time you saw a team win with an awful quarterback? This modern age will not see another Ravens team win the Superbowl with the leadership of Trent Dilfer. The Patriots have Brady, the Colts had Manning, the Giants have Eli, the Steelers have Big Ben, the Saints have Brees, the Packers have Rodgers, the Redskins will have RG3, the Colts will have Luck.
The Redskins did not make a mistake, they told the fans that they’re ready to win. They are ready to win under the wings of Robert Griffin III.
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